New Zealand government will be introducing a law that will prevent young people from buying cigarettes for life.
The smoking ban is part of a wider plan that focuses on the disproportionate impact on its indigenous Maori population.
Currently, New Zealand bans cigarette sales to anyone under 18. It is one among several countries where plain cigarette packaging is compulsory.
The ban will be part of its efforts to reach its goal of a national adult smoking rate of less than 5% by 2025.
From 2027, it will be illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone aged 14. This ban will remain for the rest of their life. A person aged 60 in 2073 cannot buy cigarettes.
A law will also be made to limit the number of stores that can sell cigarettes. The amount of nicotine in the cigarette will also be reduced in cigarettes from 2025, making it easy to quit.
There are no details about the stores restricted on selling tobacco products or the way policing will be done to prevent cigarette sales.
Every four in five New Zealanders begin smoking before the age of 18 years. About 5,000 preventable deaths can be avoided by preventing a generation from smoking.
A Maori taskforce and public health experts will be consulted before going ahead with the plan to make law by the end of 2022.
The changes will be implemented by the government in phases to lessen the economic shock on retailers as well as people suffering from addiction.